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Documentary: “Free at Last”

May 11, 2020 - July 31, 2020

To participate in this asynchronous event, first watch the close-captioned documentary (2010, 79 min.) hosted on kanopy. Then, verify your attendance using our Qualtrics form that has been set up for this purpose. NOTE: You can participate in this asynchronous event any time by the end of summer session.

The concluding film in a 7-part series “Have You Heard From Johannesburg”, this film depicts South African history in the 1980s, the period of time of Trevor Noah’s youth. It chronicles the protests and other efforts led by the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the outlawed African National Congress (ANC). These actions, supported by an international anti-apartheid movement, ultimately led to the overthrow of the white rule of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of imprisonment. This film provides the historical context that forms the backdrop for Trevor Noah’s book.


May 11, 2020
July 31, 2020
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WSU Common Reading Program